In our physical body, cancer represents the life which is not governed by order and the result of disharmony between the cells of the body. Cancer is like a parasite. Parasites feed off a host body in order to survive. Similarly, cancer cells consider the body as a host, which they exploit ruthlessly to achieve their goals.
Many people live a long and healthy physical life, but spiritually suffer. And most suffer because of pride and ego.
In the spiritual world, C.S. Lewis considered pride to be a spiritual cancer.
“For pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.”
Every system, diet or program "guarantees" results if you follow their every step. So many people try with good intentions, but sadly fail. Does this mean they have a lack of willpower? Does this mean they're stupid? Or that they're a total failure?
No. Absolutely not. America is "food confused" because of so many systems out there. Unlike other parts of the world, where ancient cultures are still connected to the land, or consume specific foods during harvest season, most Americans have lost touch to the basics of agriculture and simple eating.
So what is the missing ingredient in the world of nutrition?
It is our spirit, which is missing.
Nutrition from a logical lens nourishes, or fuels, us, but more from a weight loss/gain perspective. It's the energy balance equation. If you eat more than you expend you gain weight. If you eat less than you expend you lose weight. Although this philosophy contains truth, there is a missing link.
A calorie is a unit of energy. And what you consume energetically matters not only nutritionally, but emotionally, psychologically and mentally. We've lost touch in fueling the spirit, where today we use food for superficial reasons. This in itself is spiritual and understand the spiritual context of food created by God.
God's wisdom is profound. Depending on whether you believe in creation or evolution, we can all agree that food from nature provides the necessary nutrients that the human body needs for optimal function.
I believe some issues related to obesity is due to a lack of one's connection to spirit. Most people on this planet crave "something more." This "something more" is our soul, or our higher self talking to us.
Food is medicine and heals us internally as well as promotes exterior beauty.
Many ancient traditions considered the body sacred, believed that taking care of the body ensure's one health and longevity. in simple terms, the body is a temple. Interior beauty is just as important as exterior beauty. You can read more at my other blog link, Why You Should Treat Your Body as a Temple.
Not only is nutrition important, but ancient cultures also believed in the art and well-being of movement, holistic medicine, relaxation techniques and adequate sleep. These traditions viewed the body not as God, but as a vehicle to God.
So what makes these ancient cultures different than today? These cultures had a spiritual foundation.
Without a spiritual foundation, nutritional knowledge can only go so far.
In today's world, we have a surface level understanding of nutrition thanks to marketing and quick-fix gimmicks.
Children are natural intuitive eaters, but adults once we enter the "real world" we experience eating a myriad of complex eating issues. Some eat their emotions due to stress, loneliness or depression. Some don't eat because of body image issues. We adopt beliefs around the "right and wrong" foods.
We need a mix of nutritional and spiritual enlightenment.
Sunspiration #115: Easter Thoughts
Christ was an anti-establishment man. He was a rock. He was fixed on his convictions and could not be swayed or tempted into darkness. His beliefs were strong, yet his heart was soft. He guided people toward the light.
Wherever you are in life, guide yourself into the light to become the best version of you. Let go of the layers that hold you back from achieving your greatest potential. You are a beacon of light and hope. But, in order to become a beacon of hope, you must let go of all that no longer serves you.
As always, inspired by the sun,
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The beauty of spring is here. A time of rebirth and the season of precious petals falling to the earth and petite birds chirping with the morning sun. The key is that warmth drives this season. The temperatures rise and people begin to sow seeds into the earth.
Most mainstream granola bars on the market contain a variety of either sweeteners, artificial ingredients or preservatives.
These chewy (not crispy) granola bars are naturally sweetened from the banana and the maple syrup. There is gunk or junk, only hearty, healthy and wholesome goodness. Enjoy!
"God gives every bird its food, but He does not
throw it into its nest."
Josiah Gilbert Holland
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Bake Time: 16 minutes
Makes 4-5 Bars
1 3/4 cup puffed rice
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup almond butter (or other nut butter)
2 tbsp maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Mix all of dry ingredients into a bowl. In a blender, puree the banana, nut butter and maple syrup. Mix with dry ingredients until well combined. Line a bread pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture in. If desired, cut slices into the mixture before baking.
Bake for 16 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the bars cool. **If you did not cut slices into the mixture, do so after baking before cooling.**
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With a bit of warmth from the cherry blossoms and spices, nourish yourself this spring to ignite the inner fire that resides within you. Spring is the season of rebirth, and seeds planted in the ground germinate with warmth. Warmth is makes us grow and attract good things in life. Stay healthy and warm, and I hope you enjoy this "stew."
Prep Time: 5-7 minutes
Cook Time: 20ish minutes
2 cans of chickpeas, drained and washed
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
1.5 cups kale, chopped
1 can coconut milk (see directions below)
1.5 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 shallot, chopped (or appox. 1/4 cup onion)
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 1/4 tsp oregano
1 1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 + 1/8 tsp basil
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup cilantro
Cook the shallot and garlic with the olive oil in a deep or pot for several minutes (or until fragrant). Add the tomato paste and spices and continuously mix, cooking for 1-2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and kale, continuously mixing for 1-2 minutes. Add the coconut milk, one half to one cup at a time, based on your preference in taste and creaminess. Use between 1-2 cups (1 can is equivalent to 2 cup).
Simmer until fragrant and the kale is cooked down. Add the cilantro, mix, and remove from heat.
Serve over rice or quinoa if desired.
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Lemon, Basil + Arugala Pasta
Not only does this save me money, but in general, most of my pasta recipe ingredients are made in under ten dollars.
Arugala, also known as rocket, is a bitter yet spicy green. Some people love it. Other people despise it. But, most people can eat it cooked instead of raw. If you are looking for something healthy and budget-friendly, try this arugula and lemon pasta recipe.
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 tbsp olive oil
2 tomatoes, chopped
3 cups arugala
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 cups dried pasta
1/2 cup basil, chopped
1 tsp nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp salt
pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions. While the pasta cooks, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil. Add the arugula, tomato and basil and cook for several minutes. Overcooking leaves mushy arugula and skin to release off tomatoes.
Once the pasta is done, combine all the remaining ingredients into the pan with the vegetables. Mix and adjust spices as necessary.
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The world has been messed up since the dawn of man. If life is a battle between the light and the dark, it is no wonder hardship and suffering is a part of this planet. Spiritual people believe the soul incarnates to planet earth to learn various lessons and to grow its soul.
Some people take their spiritual growth and relationship with God seriously, where others think this type of mentality is non-sense. Regardless of what one believes, every single day we wake up with the morning sun presents us with an opportunity to change, grow and evolve ourselves.
Even thinking about changing, or pondering about a better life, is the first step to any change. You first must have some thoughts and then eventually take action.
Most people cannot change alone. They require a support system. Logically, this would include family, friends, counselors, healers or anyone with the ability to guide others. Christians believe we need God and Christ to help us through our evolution in life.
If we are in the driver's seat of our own life, we must take responsibility for our thoughts, actions and behaviors and we are solely in charge of our emotional health and well-being.
Isn't that an amazing blessing and gift? To be able to wake up every day and start again - whether in thought or in behavior pattern - and continue to improve our lives each and every day.
What do you think? Do you think every day is an ability to change? If you have any personal experiences that can help other people, please comment below!
Sweet potatoes are a wonderful compliment to many vegetarian Mexican dishes. And with Cinco de mayo around the corner I took a chance and tried something different - a south of the border sweet potato fry flavor.
There are many tricks to the homemade French fry trade, but if you want a natural fry without adding flour or starch, avoid super thick fries.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 20-23 minutes
2 lbs. Sweet potatoes, washed and sliced
1 small lime, juiced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/8-1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp onion salt + garlic salt
optional: lime zest
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the sweet potatoes into slices. Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl and spread the sweet potatoes evenly on a greased baking sheet (use cooking spray). Bake for 12 minutes and then flip the sweet potatoes once, and return to bake for another 11-13 minutes. Adjust spices as needed. Sometimes the flavor sets in after 24 hours.
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com
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